The abandoned baby boy with the rare "mermaid syndrome", a defect in which the legs are born fused together, at the Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital in Changsha, central China's Hunan province 16 ... more 
The abandoned baby boy with the rare "mermaid syndrome", a defect in which the legs are born fused together, at the Hunan Provincial Children's Hospital in Changsha, central China's Hunan province 16 November 2006. Sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome", is a rare congenital defect occurring in one out of every 70,000 births, and the condition is almost always fatal within days of delivery due to serious defects in vital organs. less 
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Fri 23 Dec, 2011 1:50 PM IST